Sarah Y. (Alumni-F)'s Journal

Today, after finishing with my inquiry project and uploading it on to my Phase 5, Vanessa and I went biking to He Yi Chen Village where I have never been to before. Vanessa lead the way since she has already went to this woman for her inquiry project on bamboo weaving. The woman was really nice, though we didn't understand her since she speaks in a Chinese dialect. After that short little visit, we ate something called DouFuHua which is so good because it was sweet and the tofu was really well boiled and warm.

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It just rained and rained and rained today. When my group went visiting our service learning partner, we took the shorter way and went walking through the fields which got ou shoes all muddy and wet which wasn't so great. Other than that, after breakfast, Gould's math class went to the conference room to take our quiz which I wasn't sure is summative or formative. It was actually not that bad, the quiz wasn't hard or easy, it was, just right. We then just jumped straight into our normal schedule where we just worked on our inquiry project or our service learning movie.

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Today is our last last sunday in microcampus, so it really is just a chilling day until tomorrow. We went to our service learning partner again and she seemed really happy to see us. Other than that, for evening activity, Mr. Gould's algebra 1 math class had a study lesson for the quiz that is on monday and would be covering on exponential things. Other than that, we just really got to get ready to wake up early the next morning and jump right into our normal schedule.

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Finally! The weekands! I could finally get a chill time from all the hardwork I did this week which was a lot of work. Other than having a chill time, we went to our service learning partner and went to make an appointment for tomorrow since it's obviously too late to interview her then. When we arrived at her house, a lady was talking in a very mad tone and asked what were doing here. We told her that we were here to talk to our interview partner Mrs.

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Today is valentines day! Also Yuan Xiao Jie which is the last day of Chinese New Year. Even though SAS is having a MYG Nite, we planned one here in the second and first courtyard by ourselves too which was really epic. No one really danced since the speaker for the music didn't work out as we hoped it would, but everyone had a great time either singing or just spending time with their valentine. But as I said before, other than spending Valentines day, some people spended the day on Yuan Xiao Jie.

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Today is the third week which also means humanities journal entry time! SAS essentials also ends this week, so that means this is my last humanities entry. 

Entry 3 - At the end of the 3rd week respond to the UDHR article regarding to family life. 

Article 16: The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society. 

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This afternoon, Mr. T planned to take us to Dali Old Town after we finished our Phase 3 which means it's the end of our research on our project, now we have to start sharing what we have learned during this month even if we have a gap in our information. So after I finished my Phase 3, I went to pack my things to head to DALI OLD TOWN! It was great! My group of Vanessa, Vivian and Apoorva first went to Sweet Tooth where we ate the best desserts of this month! The chocolate truffle and the mint chocolate cake was so good that I can't even explain the taste.

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Today is just another normal microcampus day. We have a lot of deadlines this week and next week, so everyone is working on their Phase 3 which is where we put our background informations. That really means it's the end of our research which really stresses some people out because some people didn't get enough information from the local contacts. But I finally narrowed it down by talking to Mr. T and by absorbing the information that Frank gave me at the perfect time!

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After the amazing three day hike, we are finally back in the Linden Centre but that also means that we have a lot to do for our inquiry project. We quickly changed into our normal schedules and continued with our work. Today, I went with Ms. Mai to interview Mr. Zhao the former security guard in YangZhaoRan who is also a very good friend of the previous Mr. Zhao that I have interviewed with.  He gave me some basic information on architecture and the structures like Sanfang Yizhaobi and Sihe Wutianjing, though it wasn't exactly anything new.

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Today is the last day of the three day hike, which meant going home! I was the one holding the walkie talkie today for the hike down the mountain which is pretty exciting because the walkie talkie seems really interesting. I learned one thing down the hike, being the leader and being responsible of the whole group is actually really hard and stressful. We went through many obstacles that either scratched me or my hiking bag which was really annoying. We also walked or leaped over poop, mud, branches, leaves, fallen tree barks and all sorts of things.

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Today is the biggest day of our hike, were going to be hiking up higher than we already have which is going to be really exciting! There were a lot of narrow trails and branches along the way which dragged the group down just a little, though that is why were called Fearless. When we reached to the very top of the mountain where the view was breath-taking and just stunning, we ate our favorite comfort food that we saved for the hike.

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Today was the three day hike. YAY! I just can't wait. After breakfast, we headed straight to the bus where it would carry us to the bottom of the mountain to start our hike. The 6 hour hike up the mountain was exhausting but wasn't as bad as I assumed. The weight of my hiking bag kind of lowered my self-esteem which crushed me during the hike since I have never hiked that much. Though during the hike, the view was incredible and just stunning than I have ever seen before! The mountain was green with tiny amounts of snow and ice on the way, the air was fresh and cold.

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Other than writing my journal for today, I would be working on my second journal entry for humanities during SAS essentials. In this journal, I would be writing how article 27 of the UDHR (universal declaration of human rights) reflects the daily life of Xizhou. 

Entry 2 - At the end of the 2nd week - How do you see this article reflected in the daily life of Xizhou? 

Article 27: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. 

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Today is just another regular day of microcampus. Nothing much, nothing new. We did our inquiry projects and interviews during WIPPIT time like usual, we also did some of our pitching-in things. My highlight for today is the extreme ping-pong match I had with Vanessa, Vivian and Brandon. We did around the world which was so intense that I got my time in zone just like that! For inquiry work, I contacted A Biao who was here for the renovation of The Linden Centre.

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Today was my first local contact interview with Mr. Zhao the security guard from YangZhouRan. So far from all of my interviews, that say that I should contact Mr. Zhao because he seems to know a lot about architecture and the different aspects of it. He told me a lot about the development of Bai architecture over time and things like 三房一照壁 and 四合五天津。He also told me about the destructions and how some of the words and paintings are scraped off during the cultural revolution in China. We had a great conversation and he was very nice and patient during the interview process.

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Today was Ms. Mai's birthday but also the BABA FESTIVAL! After waking up, we saw the most amazing sunrise in history. The air was crisp and the sun was glistening on the peaceful Erhai Lake. I have to say, sleeping in a tent wasn't that bad so I suppose that I could live in that for 3 days. After folding up our tent which was so much more easier, we packed everything and rode back to the Linden Centre in a much more easier road. When we arrived, we all rushed and head straight to get breakfast which was so good.

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Everyone persuaded me to go camping which at first I didn't want to because I thought it was too 麻烦. So at dinner, we had some other people who didn't want to go (Vanessa, Eirean) until everyone gave them peer pressure to go. After packing our bags, getting a vest, taking a helmet, checking out a bike, we were off to go to Erhai! On the way, we had to stop at least twice because of the chains on peoples bikes or their flashlight broke. In addition, Ms. Mai's birthday is Febuary 2 so Mr.

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Eveything was pretty quiet, calm and peaceful today other than the firecrackers and laughters of children and families. Today I went to do my wellness outside of the Linden Centre for the first time which was pretty incredible. Vivian, Vanessa, Taylor and I were playing a game of badminton in doubles. But the problem was that there is too much wind so we have to do other series of exercise to get out time in zone. We did some sprinting, jogging, jumping, stretching all sorts of things until all of us finally got 30 minutes TZ.

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Today was exhausting. Like literally, exhausting. The morning was normal, then people who wanted to go to the chinese festival went out to SiFangJie where it's so crowded. There were multiple chinese bands playing mostly 60-80 year olds which is pretty incredible. Their instruments were really unique too when you observe it more closely, some of them look impossible to use while some looked funny.

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While at Microcampus, we still have to do some of our school work, also known as SAS essentials. For humanities, I need to write a journal entry at the end of each week with the topic given by Ms. Cormier, my humanities teacher. Today is day 5, also the day to start my first journal entry on comparing the life in The Giver which is a utopia and distopia book with the community over here in Xizhou. 

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Today was just a normal microcampus day, though the day was much more busier than I expected. Right after breakfast, we had SAS essentials time where everyone gathered at the TV room and worked on their math, humanities or science. Then, we went to have our daily meeting right above the dinning room where The Linden Centre have specially reserved for us. We reported what we accomplished in our committee and what were planning to do after the meeting, though "some people" didn't report their progress to their point chaperone before the meeting which isn't really good.

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Today is probably the most intense out of all the days! We did so much in just one day and it was such a great experience! After breakfast, we had SAS essentials where my math class skype called Mr. Gould and started having class like a normal day at school. At first, the quality wasn't so good but it got better afterwards. We then had the daily meeting where we talked about our committee work in the TV room. We then did some pitching-in in the courtyard or in the meeting rooms. But my favorite part of today was the comunity service that we provided for the village!

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Today is the 2nd day of Microcampus and we had a really nice breakfast. We then had a tour around The Linden Centre where we learned a lot about the Linden family and how they moved into Xizhou. I feel like I am more familiar with my surroundings especially The Linden Centre, but since were going to stay here for one whole month, there are definitely more to uncover in this village. So we went to "SiFangJie" which is the square of the whole village with resturaunts and shops.

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My name is Sarah Y. I am 13 years old and is now currently in 8th grade. I have been in SAS for three years. I am born in Canada, Vancouver and stayed there for 6 years until I moved to Xian for 4 years. Xizhou was really awesome and epic and is probably one of the best experiences that I have ever experienced! The food, people, environment were amazing and making connections with some of the local people made my communication skills so much more better. The memories from here would definitely stay with me forever. :)